Dinamo Zagreb vs Manchester City betting tips: Champions League match preview & predictions

Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City prediction: Dinamo Zagreb 2-2 Man City

Champions League or bust for Manchester City?

The Citizens continue to falter in the Premier League and thereby fall further and further behind Liverpool.

There is very little for Pep Guardiola’s side to play for in this one but, in contrast, this game is massive for the home side.

Dinamo Zagreb have the chance to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages for the very first time.

Who will come out on top in the Croatian capital?

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Dinamo Zagreb vs Manchester City: Who will win?

Dinamo Zagreb are massive underdogs at 5/2 to claim all three points in this match.

Manchester City meanwhile are 10/11 odds on to win at Stadion Maksimir.

A draw is 29/10.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/9.

Both teams to score is 2/5.

Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score is 8/11.

Manchester City to win and both teams to score is 15/8.

Dinamo Zagreb to win and both teams to score is 4/1.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Phil Foden of Manchester City looks on during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Manchester City and Atalanta at Etihad Stadium on October 22, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Bruno Petković will lead the line for the home side. He is 13/2 to open the scoring and 21/10 to score anytime.

Mislav Oršić will also be a threat. He is 15/2 to score first and 12/5 to net anytime.

Phil Foden could be Manchester City’s key player. He is 10/1 to score first and 10/3 to net anytime.

Ian Poveda could also make a rare start for the first team. He is 13/2 to score first and 11/5 to get his first goal for the club.

Both Mario Gavranović and Petković to score is 10/1.

Both Oršić and Dani Olmo to score is 14/1.

Both Foden and Bernardo Silva to score is 14/1.

Both İlkay Gündoğan and Foden to score is 33/1.

Dinamo Zagreb vs Manchester City: Match preview

MONACO, MONACO – AUGUST 29: The UEFA Champions League trophy is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Draw, part of the UEFA European Club Football Season Kick-Off 2019/2020 at Salle des Princes, Grimaldi Forum on August 29, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Dinamo Zagreb are on the brink of history.

They were supposed to be the whipping boys of Group C but it was they who were handing out the beatings back on matchday one.

Marin Leovac opened the scoring before a hat-trick from Mislav Oršić saw them demolish Atalanta 4-0 in Zagreb.

That was followed by a narrow 2-0 defeat in Manchester ahead of a crucial double header against Shakhtar Donetsk.

In the first of those fixture in Kharkiv, Dinamo were 2-1 up late on but conceded in the 75th minute; 2-2 it finished.

Then, the rematch a fortnight later was for sure one of the matches of the competition so far.

In the the 80th minute, it was 1-1 and both teams were down to ten-men; Nikola Moro the player sent off for the Croatians.

Then, Dinamo scored twice in six minutes through Luka Ivanušec and then Arijan Ademi so led 3-1 going into stoppage time.

A win would put them on the brink of the knockout stages.

However, Shakhtar scored not once but twice in stoppage time with their equaliser coming in the 97th minute from the penalty spot.

Then, on matchday five, Nenad Bjelica’s side were simply outclassed at San Siro by Atalanta, losing 2-0.

So, any of the three teams could still qualify in second place.

This is because Group C looks like this: Shakhtar Donetsk have six points, Dinamo are on five and Atalanta are on four.

Thus, if Dinamo win this one and Shakhtar fail to beat Atalanta, they will qualify for the Champions League knockout phase for the first time at the seventh attempt.

A big night beckons.

Will Manchester City bounce back from derby day defeat?

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 03: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester City at Turf Moor on December 3, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

As for Manchester City, they have not exactly been convincing but they are through to the round of 16.

Pep Guardiola’s side started with three straight wins in this competition, 3-0 in Kharkiv, 2-0 in the reverse fixture and 5-1 at home to Atalanta.

This has been followed by back to back 1-1 draws, first in Milan and then, surprisingly, at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Nevertheless, they are five points clear at the top of Group C so will go through as group winners.

Of course, this is a competition they have never won but they may be relying on glory at Atatürk Olympic Stadium in May to salvage their season.

On Saturday, the back to back Premier League champions hosted Manchester United in a derby match everyone thought would go their way.

However, it was the men in red who were 2-0 up at half time and in truth it probably could have been five.

Nicolás Otamendi did give them hope with a late header but 2-1 to Man United it finished at the Etihad.

Disastrous in the context of the table.

It means the Citizens remain third, behind Leicester, and now 14 points off run-away league-leaders Liverpool.

They have lost four of their 16 Premier League matches already as many as they lost in their previous 46 league games.

They could still win both domestic cup competitions but realistically it is now all in on the Champions League.

They await their fate in Monday’s draw but first, can they win in Croatia?

Dinamo Zagreb team news vs Manchester City

ZAGREB, CROATIA – MARCH 17: General view of the Stadion Maksimir, home of GNK Dinamo Zagreb taken during the Croatian Prva HNL match between GNK Dinamo Zagreb and HNK Hajduk Split on March 17, 2012 at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb,Croatia. (Photo by EuroFootball/Getty Images)

Without doubt, Nenad Bjelica will pick his strongest XI for this one, targeting the win they need.

In all five Champions League matches so far, he’s gone with a back three and that will not change here.

As always, World Cup silver medalist Dominik Livaković will be in goal.

In the back three, Kévin Théophile-Catherine will come in from the weekend, joining captain Arijan Ademi and Emir Dilaver.

Petar Stojanović will continue over Ivo Pinto at right wing-back.

On the other side, François Moubandje will get the nod over Marin Leovac.

In midfield, Nikola Moro is back from suspension so will rekindle his partnership with Amer Gojak.

Further forward, Spain international Dani Olmo will be supporting the two front men.

Mario Petković and Mislav Oršić have nine and 17 goals respectively this season.

Can this talented side make Dinamo Zagreb history?

Manchester City team news vs Dinamo Zagreb

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City in action during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Manchester City and Dinamo Zagreb at Etihad Stadium on October 01, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)

As for Manchester City, as there is nothing on this game for them, Pep Guardiola is likely to make wholesale changes.

Claudio Bravo, who was sent off on matchday four in Milan, will start in goal.

He will be a rare experienced head in a youthful looking side.

At centre-back, Eric García and Taylor Harwood-Bellis, who started together in the Carabao Cup at Preston, are likely to begin this one too.

There will be more experience at full-back though.

Big-money signings Benjamin Mendy and João Cancelo, neither of whom can get a look in right now, will start this one.

This would mean Kyle Walker, John Stones, Fernandinho, Nicolás Otamendi and Angeliño are all given the night off.

Likewise, in midfield, there will be no Rodri, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva or Raheem Sterling.

İlkay Gündoğan and Riyad Mahrez could both start though; they both came off the bench on Saturday.

Thus, this’ll give Phil Foden a chance.

Despite making his Manchester City debut back on 21 November 2017, the wonder-kid has started just 13 matches for the club.

Adrián Bernabé and Tommy Doyle will make up the midfield.

With Sergio Agüero injured and Gabriel Jesus rested, 19 year old Ian Poveda will make his debut up-top.

Will this side get a result in Zagreb?

Predicted Dinamo Zagreb line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Dinamo Zagreb line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Dinamo Zagreb line-up vs Manchester City.

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Dinamo Zagreb

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Dinamo Zagreb

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Dinamo Zagreb.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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